How Much Do Hair Extensions Really Cost? Our Pricing Breakdown

In your search for hair extensions, you've probably come across a whole range of prices – some being upwards of £200 and others being below £20. But how do you know which is going to give you the best bang for your buck?

Truth is, there's no one simple answer to how much hair extensions cost. It will all depend on the type of extensions you're getting, the installation method and the salon you're getting them from.

So, to make things a bit simpler for you, we've put together a little pricing guide to give you some idea as to how much hair extensions will set you back, as well as our expert tips on how to know if you've paid more for your set then you probably should have.

Ready to get started? Read on!

Synthetic Hair Vs Human Hair Extensions Cost

One of the biggest factors that affect the price of hair extensions is whether they're made from human or synthetic hair, and even then, it can be broken down further into the type of synthetic material being used and the grade of human hair – but we'll keep it simple!

Synthetic Hair Vs Human Hair Extensions Cost

Cost of Synthetic Hair Extensions

Synthetic extensions are the cheaper option between the two because they're made from a synthetic material (yep, you guessed it!), as opposed to actual, real hair.

You'll find the price of synthetics ranges anywhere from a couple of pounds to around £100 (at non-sale prices).

Of course, you should expect anything suspiciously cheap is probably pretty poor quality and just not worth it! Synthetics around the £30 mark and upwards are where you should be looking.

Cost of Human Hair Extensions

At the other end of the spectrum, human hair extensions are much more expensive because they use real, human hair.

Prices for these can range greatly depending on the grade of hair used – for example, Remy hair will be higher quality than regular human hair and, as a result, cost more.

Overall, you can expect to pay anywhere between £100 to £300, and even way beyond that up to £1,000. Like we said, a lot of factors come into play here, so it just depends on your budget.

 Human Hair Extensions Cost

How Much Do Clip-in Hair Extensions Cost?

Clip-in extensions are the easiest and most convenient method of installation, so you can expect them to cost you less than, say, a set of sew-ins.

You can find both synthetic and human hair clip-ins, so the exact price will depend on which type you opt for.

Generally, you should be looking to pay around £20 to £80 for synthetic clip-ins, with the more expensive of the bunch being better quality than the cheaper variants.

For human hair clip-in extensions, the price range can be anywhere from £100 to upwards of £250, depending on things like length, thickness, number of wefts and, of course, the quality.

RiRi's Quality & Affordable Clip-in Hair Extensions

At RiRi, we truly believe everyone should have access to quality and affordable extensions to achieve their dream hair goals – so that's exactly what we offer!

Affordable Clip-in Hair Extensions

Our Classic synthetics are made with great quality fibres that are super shiny and soft, giving you gorgeous length and volume.

We've currently got a fab offer on our synthetics, slashing the price from £28.99 to £19.99, so you can get your hands on a high-quality set that won't break the bank.

Our Deluxe range steps it up a notch with incredible quality synthetic fibres that are even softer, thicker and longer-lasting than our Classics. Prices for our Deluxe range start from £34.99 up to £59.99.

And we don't stop there! We also have a collection of beautiful human hair clip-in extensions made with 100% real Remy human hair, starting at £140.

If you're searching for the best quality extensions at affordable prices, RiRi is where it's at! Be sure to check out our full range of clip-ins to find your perfect set.

Now, back to the burning questions!

How Much Do Permanent Hair Extensions Cost?

Permanent hair extensions will cost you much more than your simple clip-ins because they're, well, permanent. They're a lot more time-consuming when it comes to installation, and you'll have to go to a salon for a professional to fit them for you.

So, bear in mind you'll be paying for two things here – the installation time and the actual hair.

Cost of Tape-in Hair Extensions

Cost of Tape-in Hair Extensions

In all, you should be expecting to pay anywhere from £285 to upwards of £700 for your set of tape-in extensions. And again, this depends on the type of hair used and the weight of the extensions – so if you're after super thick and long inches, expect to pay a bit more!

You'll also need to factor in maintenance costs, as you'll need to book in regular appointments at the salon to get them re-fitted when your hair grows out.

But if you're after a more permanent solution to your hair woes, it's definitely worth the investment.

Cost of Fusion Hair Extensions

Fusion extensions are another popular method of a permanent installation, and you can expect a slightly more pricey price tag than tape-ins of somewhere around the £500 mark.

Again, this depends on the length, thickness and quality of hair used, but generally, it should cost around and upwards of this.

Cost of Fusion Hair Extensions

How to Tell if You've Paid Too Much for Your Hair Extensions

When it comes to hair extensions, you usually get what you pay for – so stay away from suspiciously cheap extensions that are likely to be of sub-par quality.

However, don't just assume the more expensive they are, the better they are either. If you're paying an outrageous price, make sure you're actually getting the quality of hair and installation to match.

You can tell if your hair extensions are low quality simply by the feel of the hair. Bad quality synthetics will have a plastic-y feel to them and not soft or silky at all, and the same can be said for human hair extensions – with low quality being super dry and brittle.

You might also notice a fake sheen to cheaper quality hair rather than a natural-looking shine, and the colour might be a bit off, too – so watch out for that.

Shedding is another sign of poor-quality extensions, and you can expect to have to replace them much sooner than a better-quality set.

You're likely to lose a very small amount of hair when brushing or washing, but if it's an excessive amount, you can tell something isn't quite right.

How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost 2023

The Roundup: How Much Do Hair Extensions Cost?

Bringing together all these factors, we can tell you with certainty that there isn't one answer to the question of how much hair extensions cost.

The two biggest factors to consider are the type of hair used and the installation method, as these both impact the price massively.

Non-permanent methods, like clip-ins, are the cheapest and most convenient, costing anywhere from £20 to £250.

Permanent methods such as tape-ins and fusion can be expected to cost upwards of £285 to even £700 and way beyond that to a few thousand depending on the salon.

At RiRi Hair Extensions, you can be sure to find quality and affordable clip-ins with prices starting from just £19.99 for Classic synthetics and £140 for Remy human hair.

We also offer tape-in extensions and installation at our Lakeside Salon for those after a more permanent solution, with prices starting at £285 for a 50g pack.

Be sure to shop and book in with us today!


How much do hair extensions cost in a salon?

If you're solely purchasing the hair, you'll probably pay a bit more in a salon than you would online. If you're also getting your extensions fitted, you'll have to pay an installation fee, too. Permanent methods, such as fusion and tape hair extensions, can cost upwards of £285 to even £700 depending on the salon, the weight of the extensions and the quality of hair used.

How much do permanent hair extensions cost?

Permanent hair extensions will cost you more than clip-ins because they're more time-consuming to install and require professional fitting. For tape-ins, you should expect to pay anywhere from £285 to upwards of £700. For fusion extensions, it could be upwards of the £500 mark depending on the length, thickness and quality of hair used.

How much do real hair extensions cost?

Human hair extensions are crafted to look just like your own hair, giving you a seamless blend, so they do cost quite a bit more than synthetic hair extensions. Expect to pay anywhere from £100 to upwards of £300, and even way beyond that up to £1,000.

How much do clip-in hair extensions cost?

Clip-in extensions are the most convenient and cheapest method of installation, so you should be looking to pay around £20 to £80 for synthetic clip-ins, depending on the quality, and between £100 to upwards of £250 for human hair clip-ins, depending on things like length, thickness, number of wefts and grade of hair used.

Written by our hair extension expert

Nancy Pinder

Nancy Pinder is our resident hair and beauty specialist at RiRi Hair Extensions. She advises customers daily in our Lakeside and Bluewater stores, helping them find the perfect look, length, and shade of hair extensions. Nancy also presents our TikTok live to thousands of viewers across the world. You can catch her on our TikTok every week here: @ririhairextensions_uk.

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